Today at the BUILD Conference Microsoft unveiled and demoed its latest flagship operating system the Windows 8. There had been many rumor mills and many predictions being made about the features and the interface of Windows 8 but today users all over the world finally get the chance to test-drive the OS hands on and get to know it themselves.
So far from what we have seen, users all over the world are in for a real spin when they try the new Windows. Windows 8 is popularly based on the Metro-Style Interface which Microsoft is introducing. Today Microsoft launched the pre-beta version to the users and it can be expected to work fine except a little glitches and contains most of the features the final version is going to have.
So lets see what yo should be looking in the all new Windows 8 :
Start Here :
Start Here is perhaps the most significant change bought about in the Windows 8 interface. It is now the core shell of the GUI for the new Windows. Once you boot your computer you will be greeted by the Start Here screen.
Start Here is what you get when you combine the traditional Desktop and Taskbar and blend it with eye-pleasing graphics. Programs, informations and notifications are represented in the form of Tiles which are really famous in the Windows Phone 7.
The Start Here screen works efficiently. You can scroll through tiles and launch Apps or any other command with ease. It can be easily customized and is very user friendly. Considering the fact that how much people are used to the traditional interface this inteerface is pretty easy to work with.
Integration with Cloud :
Windows 8 is as per the demand of the market very much integrated with its own Cloud service. The Cloud that it provides is heavily based on Windows Live. Even while installing the new Windows you will be asked to provide your Windows Live ID and Password in order to sync your device to the online account.
Microsoft has with Windows 8 integrated its Sky Drive service efficiently. With Sky Drive users can easily share large files, photos, documents and more and that too with ease. You can log into Windows Live ID and immediately download your Settings in any new computer.
Simple and Efficient.
The Windows App Store :
Windows 8 is having an exclusive App store in itself. You can get through a whole range of applications buy and install them with a click. The App store is integrated in the Start Screen itself and it makes buying and selling Apps a pleasure.
Developers can upload their Apps and fill up the meta-data and provide more info about their Apps and make it available in the App store. They also have the option to set a price make it available for free as a freeware.
Touch Keyboard and Applications :
As Windows 8 is extending support to touch interface as per the need of the technology advances, it has very efficient touch data input system. The Touch Keyboard is a pleasure to use as you don’t even to get your hands off the Keyboard for any task. It does support Mouse and conventional keyboard but if you are completely touch oriented than Windows 8 is for you.
Applications are also having the Metro look and feel that Windows 8 has innovated. Earlier called as immersive applications Metro pps take over the entire screen when launched and leaving no space for any other command.
You can swipe your way and do the job and interact with the mini-tiles to perform various command. Fun and easy and also efficient.
Windows Desktop :
For all those die-hard fans of the traditional Windows Desktop, Microsoft has extended the Windows Desktop to Windows 8 too. For those Applications which cannot run properly in the Metro-Style theme and also for those applications which need mouse to do the task efficiently this is crucially important.
With this backward compatibility Microsoft has really done a great job. Some essential Apps like Photoshop or the Office cant work that good in the Metro-UI and also by turning the Desktop into an App the traditional users wont have any problem too.
Improved Performance and Compatibility :
We all know that Windows 8 will require a significant less amount of time to boot up. Apart from that it is also contrary to the popular belief, very much light to the hardware resources. Microsoft even proved it by comparing the task-managers of the Windows 7 and Windows 8 which clearly defined that Widows 8 is lighter.
Along with it Windows 8 comes with a whole lot of hardware compatibility as it not only supports the general X86 or X64 processors but also new platforms like ARM, x86 (including x32 and x64).
This is essentially important to make it work from 7” touchscreen devices to 27” desktops.
Final Verdict :
The final release of Windows 8 cannot be expected to be available before late 2012. Although you can download the developers preview and use it right now. With Windows 8 Microsoft is trying to successfully execute what it has been trying to do for years with Windows Vista and Windows 7 but couldn’t do it. Taking the OS to a completely different new level while making no compromise with compatibility and being light on hardware resources.
Although it seems very promising, has backward compatibility, comprises futuristic and innovative features and also very light, Microsoft still has to prove what it has claimed till now.